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HBO and Tina Brown Are Making a Norman Mailer Film

(FILES) File picture of US writer Norman Mailer addressing the media, 19 May 1987 in Cannes during a press conference as member of the jury of the 40th Cannes film festival. Norman Mailer, famed for his first novel "The Naked and the Dead," died overnight at the age of 84, US media reported, 10 November 2007.                AFP PHOTO   STF/FILES (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)

HBO is developing a movie about Norman Mailer's relationship with imprisoned murderer Jack Abbott, who assisted the author with the 1980 Pulitzer-winning nonfiction work The Executioner's Song. Abbott in turn received Mailer's support for his own book, In the Belly of the Beast, as well as an ill-fated parole that resulted in another murder. Stephen Schiff (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) will script the film and Tina Brown will executive produce — a first for the Daily Beast and Newsweek editor.

Photo: STF/2007 AFP